Archive of March 29, 2006

100,000 pilgrims expected for events honoring John Paul II

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On April 2 an estimated 100,000 people from around the world are expected to participate in events honoring John Paul II in Rome and Poland—including the carrying of a symbolic torch from the Vatican to Krakow.

Recent polls show Catholic Church is strong in France and Germany

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Recent polls in two European countries now show that the Church is growing as a powerful social institution. In France, numbers of practicing Catholics remain strong while the German Church is benefiting from the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope last year.

Mission Chicago seeks to ‘jump-start’ evangelization

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago has taken on a mega-evangelization project in an effort to draw back lapsed Catholics and to re-energize practicing Catholics in their faith. It’s called Mission Chicago 2006 and, according to a New York Times report, Chicago is the largest archdiocese to organize such wide-ranging events focused on evangelization.

Archbishop of San Antonio: United States was built by immigrants

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a forum on international immigration, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio said the United States is a country built on immigration and that Christians should respond to this challenge in accord with the teaching of Christ: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Young people present 250,000 signatures opposing abortion to Argentinean lawmakers

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups in Argentina presented a petition signed by 250,000 people to lawmakers this week demanding they refrain from legalizing abortion in the country.

Cuban government harasses parish praying rosary for dissidents

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Since 2003 Cuban police agents have been harassing the parish of Palma Soriano, where a group of Catholics gather each month to pray the rosary for political prisoners.  Cuban officials have called the activity “counterrevolutionary.”

Pope says he wants to visit China

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict wants to visit China but says the timing of any trip is up to God, reported Reuters.

Born-again actor teams with Catholic group, battles against neighborhood porn shop

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Born-again bad boy actor Stephen Baldwin has taken up a battle against a porn store opening in Nyack, the Rockland County town where he lives, and Catholic Citizenship has joined him in the fight, reported the New York Daily News.

Pope Benedict calls Church the link that brings true communion between God, mankind

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his weekly general audience, held earlier today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI said that the ultimate aim of the Gospel is communion with God himself, and through it, true communion with the rest of mankind. He stressed the importance of this message at a time when fragmentations and strife between peoples run extraordinarily high worldwide.

Beltway Cardinals oppose abuse extension bills, many cite nationwide anti-Catholic trend

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Church officials around the U.S. capitol are opposing two bills that would extend the time allowed for victims of child sex abuse to file lawsuits against abusers and their employers. The bills seem to be part of a nationwide trend, which many experts say threatens undermine and scapegoat the Catholic Church for a larger and far more widespread problem.

Group calls Illinois governor’s pharmacist contraceptive measure an ‘irresponsible display of power’

Mar 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich issued new regulations which could force some pharmacists to fill prescriptions for contraceptives and even abortifacients which they may find morally objectionable. The New York-based “No Room for Contraception” campaign today called the move an “irresponsible display of power.

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